A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Granada vs. La Fortuna

Should you visit Granada or La Fortuna?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Granada and La Fortuna. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.

Granada

Granada is Nicaragua's oldest colonial city, and arguably, the most beautiful city in the country. It sits on the northern edge of Lake Nicaragua (Lago Cocibolca) and has many beautifully colored buildings and nice churches. The city's beauty and colonial architecture, along with its relative safety and accessibility, make it one of Nicaragua's top tourist destinations. The city has long been a center for commerce, but today its economy depends heavily on tourism. The city is the sixth largest in Nicaragua and a real estate boom in the early 2000's brought a large number of expats to the town.

La Fortuna

La Fortuna is in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela. It is the closest town to Arenal Volcano, and the area is often simply refered to as Arenal. The volcano itself is active and has been constantly erupting since 1968. It erupts on average 41 times a day. This area of northern Costa Rica is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.

Which city is cheaper, La Fortuna or Granada?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Granada is $23, while the average daily cost in La Fortuna is $58. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Granada and La Fortuna in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $20 for a double occupancy room in Granada.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $56 for a double occupancy room in La Fortuna.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Granada $10
    La Fortuna $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Granada $20
    La Fortuna $56

Food

Granada food costs typically run travelers around $9.64 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

The price of a meal in La Fortuna can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $17 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Granada $9.64
    La Fortuna $17
Typical Food prices in Granada

Some typical examples of dining costs in Granada are as follows:


  • Pizza
    $2.38

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Granada

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Granada.

  • Middle Eastern 6-course dinner in Granada with a professional chef: $49
  • Albaicín & Sacromonte Guided Walking Tour with Flamenco & Tapas Dinner: $81
  • Small Group Food Tour in Granada: $88
  • Spanish Tapas Cooking Class in Granada: $116

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Fortuna

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in La Fortuna.

  • cooking class la fortuna: $40
  • Cooking Class Including Tortilla Making in La Fortuna: $55
  • 3-Course Cooking Class: $138

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $1.77 per day to get around in Granada.

The average price of local transportation around La Fortuna is $8.88 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Granada $1.77
    La Fortuna $8.88

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Granada

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Granada:

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Granada to Granada Airport (GRX): $25
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Granada Airport (GRX) to Granada City Center: $26
  • Private Departure Transfer from Granada City Center to Granada Airport (GRX): $26
  • Private Business Transfer:Granada Train Station to Granada City or Sierra Nevada: $34
  • Private Business Transfer:Granada City or Sierra Nevada to Granada Train Station: $34
  • Private Transfer Granada Airport to Granada City or Sierra Nevada by BusinessCar: $38
  • Private Transfer: Granada City or Sierra Nevada to Airport GRX by Business Car: $38
  • Transfer from/to Managua Airport (MGA) to Granada City: $49
  • Granada Airport Private Arrival Transfer: $51
  • Granada Airport Private Departure Transfer: $51
  • Granada Private Departure Transfer: $51
  • Private Transfer From/To Granada Airport: $53

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Fortuna

Some specific examples of transportation prices in La Fortuna:

  • Shuttle Transfer Lake crossing from Arenal To Monteverde: $25
  • Private Transfer La Fortuna To Juan Santamaria Airport From 1 to 6 passengers: $138
  • Private Transfer La Fortuna To Int. Airport Liberia From 1 to 6 passengers: $158
  • Private Transfer La Fortuna To Juan Santamaria Airport From 7 to 10 passengers: $192
  • Private Transfer From La Fortuna To Monteverde From 1 to 6 passengers: $195
  • Private Transfer La Fortuna To Int. Airport Liberia From 7 to 10 passengers: $211
  • Private Transfer Lake crossing from Arenal To Monteverde From 1 to 6 passengers: $231
  • Transfer from Arenal or La Fortuna to Conchal beach up to 5 passengers: $240
  • Private Transfer From La Fortuna To Monteverde From 7 to 10 passengers: $248
  • Private Transfer From La Fortuna To Manuel Antonio From 1 to 6 passengers: $275
  • Private Transfer La Fortuna To Juan Santamaria Airport From 11 to 15 passengers: $288
  • Private Transfer From La Fortuna To Manuel Antonio From 7 to 10 passengers: $289

Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $4.71 per person, per day in Granada. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

La Fortuna's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $25 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Granada $4.71
    La Fortuna $25
Typical Entertainment prices in Granada

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Granada are as follows:


  • Lago de Nicaragua Boat Tour
    $8.49

Tours and Activities in Granada

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Granada are as follows:

  • Self-guided Virtual Tour of Alhambra Palace: The Highlights: $11
  • Albaicin and Sacromonte Walking Tour: $12
  • Jewish and Christian Neighborhoods Guided Tour: $13
  • Illustration Walking Tours in Albayzin Granada: $15
  • Granada Walking Tour: $15
  • Granada Walking Tour: Albaicin and Sacromonte Quarters: $16
  • Albaicin & Sacromonte regular tour: $17
  • Albaicin & Sacromonte nigth tour: $17
  • Tour De Misterios Y Leyendas Por Granada: $17
  • Tour Albaicín y Sacromonte: $17
  • Tour Albaicín & Sacromonte: $17
  • Albayzin and Sacromonte Guided Walking Tour in Granada: $19

Tours and Activities in La Fortuna

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for La Fortuna are as follows:

  • Parque Ecológico Volcán Arenal Full Day Experience + THERMALS: $18
  • Zipline Experience in La Fortuna with Hotel Pick Up: $30
  • Sloth Watching Tour: $30
  • Eden Chocolate Tour - The best chocolate tour in La Fortuna: $30
  • Organic chocolate tour: $31
  • Canopy Tour in Go Adventure Park: $32
  • Natura Premium Tour: $34
  • Arenal Observatory Tour: $39
  • Mistico Park Hanging Bridges Guided Tour: $40
  • Birdwatching Tour: $46
  • Night Walk Experience: $48
  • Arenal Canopy Adventure: $48

Alcohol

The average person spends about $4.09 on alcoholic beverages in Granada per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $7.35 on alcoholic beverages in La Fortuna per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Granada $4.09
    La Fortuna $7.35
Typical Alcohol prices in Granada

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Granada:


  • Tequila
    $1.41

Sample the Local Flavors in Granada

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Granada:

  • Wine Tasting in Granada: $57
  • Granada Tapas and wine tour!: $67
  • Granada Traditional Tapas and Wine Tour - by Oh My Good Guide!: $81
  • Small-Group Granada Tapas Bar Crawl Evening Tasting Experience: $83
  • BEST OF Flamenco, Tapas and Wine Tour - by OhMyGoodGuide!: $106


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Granada and La Fortuna, we can see that La Fortuna is more expensive. And not only is Granada much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Granada would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Granada and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in La Fortuna would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in La Fortuna than you might in Granada.

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